We’re bringing you one of our classic switcheroo series with today’s articles, as we’re going to be talking about 10 Movies that We Really Wanted to Like (But Ended Up Hating), while also speaking on 10 Movies We Really Wanted to Hate (But Ended Up Loving). It’s a curious thing, but in a world where we’re constantly inundated with trailers, spoilers, gossip and insanely gratifying tidbits of information about to-be-released films, expectations play a large role in how we internalize a movie. Toss in Rotten Tomatoes and a whole assortment of critical opinions, and it’s pretty easy to walk into a movie nowadays with a fully formed opinion (and that’s before you’ve even seen a single frame). With that said, we wanted to take a look back at some of our own expectations, and the movies that both lived up to our expectations (or, in this case, didn’t live up to them).
10. Pacific Rim (2013)
Perhaps hate is a strong word for the way we feel about Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 passion project which saw giant, human piloted robots (coined Jaegers) facing off against horrible, massive monsters that emerge from an inter-dimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean (these are called Kaiju, in loving reference to the Japanese monster films of old). That said, we can’t help but feel immensely disappointed whenever we boot this film up and attempt to give it another chance. The kind of movie that is wildly impressive in the cinema but feels sorely lacking when watched on your setup at home, Pacific Rim fails to pace its groundbreaking visual effects sequences with any kind of legitimate story or character development. Simply put, any part of the film that doesn’t feature robots throwing down with monsters or Idris Elba delivering a rousing speech about cancelling the apocalypse just feels lame and cliché. The worst offender is undoubtedly Charlie Hunnam, whose acting is about as wooden we’ve seen from a blockbuster star in quite some time (seriously, he makes Mark Wahlberg look like an Oscar winner…oh wait…).